The Time of the Dark by Barbara Hambly

The Time of the Dark by Barbara Hambly My rating: 5 of 5 stars I saw this trilogy has been bundled for the Kindle and realized just how many years it had been since I’d read this book, which I used to reread all the time. It begins with a wonderful premise. What if you’ve [Read More...]

I Don’t Want to be a Hoo-er by Elizabeth Scalia

I Don’t Want to be a Hoo-er: Essays on Faith, Family and Foolishness by Elizabeth Scalia I enjoyed this little book and read it in one evening. It is a collection of Elizabeth Scalia’s favorite blog posts and columns from over the years. As such, it is a good representation of her writing, including some [Read More...]

A Song for Nagasaki by Paul Glynn

A Song for Nagasaki: The Story of Takashi Nagai: Scientist, Convert, and Survivor of the Atomic Bomb by Paul Glynn My rating: 5 of 5 stars In 1928 young Takashi Nagai was a medical student at the top of his class. An atheist, he passionately believed that science held the key to the future of [Read More...]

My 2014 Reading Challenge

My 2013 book challenge was really rewarding, making me pick up books I would just keep skipping over in favor of lighter reading. I’m doing it again for the third year in a row. Some books are carried over from last year and some I dropped because … well, I’m not married to these lists. [Read More...]

My Favorite Books (audio) in 2013

My favorite audiobooks from 2013 with descriptions in 10 words or less. In the approximate order in which I heard them. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins Classic mystery with unexpectedly hilarious characters. Read by B.J. Harrison at The Classic Tales Podcast, my review here. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Listening to this much-beloved book gave it [Read More...]

My Favorite Books (Print) in 2013

Top print books I read in 2013 with descriptions in 10 words or less. In the order I encountered them throughout the year. (Audio books will have a separate post.) Take Five with Pope Benedict by Mike Aquilina and Kris Stubna Wonderful daily resource that refocused me on what really matters. (My review here.) Watch [Read More...]

The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle My rating: 5 of 5 stars Strangely enough, I wound up listening to this apocalyptic book while wrapping gifts. Talk about making me grateful for Christmas with my family! This review is from SFFaudio whence came the review book. Needless to say (I hope), this is my uninfluenced opinion.  What would [Read More...]

Come Tell Me How You Live – Agatha Christie

I wrote this little review a while back but since I’m rereading it and just recommended it to someone, I thought I’d better share again. It is also unexpectedly funny. I laugh out loud and read bits of it to my husband. Come, Tell Me How You Live by Agatha Christie Mallowan My rating: 5 [Read More...]

Hard Magic by Larry Correia

Hard Magic by Larry Correia My rating: 4 of 5 stars Jake Sullivan is a war hero, a private eye — and an ex-con. He’s free because he has a magical talent and the Feds need his help in apprehending criminals with their own magical abilities. … Jake found out that not only have the [Read More...]

“Sophie Wonders” Children’s Books about the Sacraments

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Last year, my best friend was the catechist for my daughter’s 2nd grade religious education class, and I had the chance to see an awesome teacher at work. This friend of mine doesn’t consider herself a great teacher, but I’m here to tell you that I’m on the campaign trail to bring her back into [Read More...]